Oklahoma's Mayfield battling illness ahead of Rose Bowl

Dec 30, 2017 - 6:08 PM Oklahoma's Heisman-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield is battling a flu-like illness as he prepares for Monday's night's Rose Bowl matchup against Georgia.

Mayfield, who had been absent from off-field activities since Wednesday, initially did not show up for Rose Bowl media day in Los Angeles on Saturday, but he later appeared at his podium after he saw all the speculation about his absence.

Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said his senior quarterback was "pretty sick" when the team arrived in Southern California late Tuesday night.

"We've limited him in some areas," Riley said of Mayfield at practice. "Energy level is not normal for him right now, but nothing major as far as having to remove him or him just not being able to physically do anything."

Mayfield will be taking on one of the best defenses in the country as No. 2 Oklahoma takes on No. 3 Georgia in a College Football Playoff semifinal game.

"When it comes down to it, it's not going to hinder my play. I'll still be out there Monday for the most important thing," Mayfield said, sounding a bit hoarse with an occasional cough. "I'm not dying."

There's no guarantee that Mayfield will be at full strength, however.

"We're trying to push him to get better, trying to just get over the hump," Riley said. "We haven't been able to get over the hump with his illness yet. ...

"He'll be ready to play. Will he be 100 percent physically? We'll see. But he's not going to miss this one."

Mayfield has completed 262 of 369 passes for 4,340 yards, with 41 touchdowns and five interceptions. He needs 118 yards of total offense to break Oklahoma's single-season record of 4,767, set by Sam Bradford in 2008.

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